Special procurement conference for Mayo construction companies

Fri, Oct 31, 2014

A special conference aimed at helping construction companies based in Mayo and the Midlands to win public works contracts will take place early next month. The Procurement 2015 Conference has been organised by the Construction Industry Federation and will take place on Thursday November 6 in the Hodson Bay Hotel, Athlone.

The conference will be particularly timely following the Budget announcement that the Government is to spend €2.2 billion on social housing through the procurement process over the next three years. Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform Brendan Howlin also announced an extension of the capital spending budget, with funding going towards more public construction projects.

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New Mercedes-Benz CLS coupe and shooting brake arrive

Fri, Oct 31, 2014

Revised versions of the iconic four-door Mercedes-Benz CLS Coupé and its five-door estate car sibling, the CLS Shooting Brake, have been launched in Ireland.

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All-new Ford Mondeo arrives here next month

Fri, Oct 31, 2014

The all-new Ford Mondeo delivers the global debut of a new pedestrian detection technology that could help reduce the severity of accidents or help drivers avoid them altogether.

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The Connacht Property Auction- eleven days to go to last public auction of the year

Fri, Oct 31, 2014

With the next Connacht Property Auction fast approaching on Tuesday, November 11, the auction team are expecting a busy period with viewings and interest in the properties on offer. The Connacht Property Auction work in partnership with more than 40 auctioneers in Connacht offering properties for sale in Mayo, Galway, Roscommon, Leitrim, Sligo and even creep into Clare. Patrick Folan from The Connacht Property Auction noted: “Our last auction in September was hugely successful with 20 of the 23 lots sold. Furthermore, two of the three properties which were not sold at the auction, have since been sale agreed via our online auctions. Our online auctions are running continuously and are a great option for homeowners looking to sell their properties before Christmas.” Mr Folan went on to say: “We are currently taking entries for our auctions and invite homeowners to speak to us now if they want to be sold before the end of the year. We sell over 60 per cent of our properties through our online auction and properties can also go forward to our public auctions which we run regularly throughout the year.”

The Laurels, Largonboy East, Ballyhaunis

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Connacht head to high-flying Ospreys

Fri, Oct 31, 2014

New kid on the block: Connacht's new signing Bundee Aki is put through his paces in training this week in the Sportsground.
Photo: Sportsfile

Connacht Rugby are back on the road again to face the unbeaten Ospreys who are flying high in this season's Guinness Pro 12. With a six-day turnaround Pat Lam's charges head to Liberty Stadium knowing they will have their work cut out for them in this evening's game (7.35pm). Steve Tandy's Ospreys have not had their wings clipped at home since January, and they boast the best scoring difference of any team in the Pro 12 which is reflected in their pole position. Although missing nine players currently involved in Warren Gatland's Wales squad, Tandy still has considerable talent at his disposal.

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Mayo companies pick up All Ireland Occupational Safety Awards

Fri, Oct 24, 2014

Allergan Pharmaceutical. (L to R) Pauric Corrigan (NISO president), Lorraine Rabbette (health and safety officer at Allergan Pharmaceutical), Mairead Mc Guinness (MEP), and Jimmy Fenton (NISG chairperson) at the All Ireland Occupational Safety Awards.

A number of Mayo companies picked up awards at the All Ireland Occupational Safety Awards in Mullingar recently. Mairead McGuinness, Fine Gael MEP and vice president of the European Parliament, presented the awards. She said the awards mark the achievement of people who day-to-day carry out what are in many ways mundane tasks in detecting risks, training personnel, enforcing and monitoring good practices, and inculcating rather than dictating a safety ethos in the workplace.

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Cuffe’s Centra picks up Hygiene and Food Safety gong

Fri, Oct 24, 2014

Winning smiles: Martin Roper (Technical Director, EIQA), Joe Cuffe, Margaret Cuffe, Brendan Deane and Deirdre Cuffe at the Hygiene and Food Safety Awards

Cuffe’s Centra was named as a finalist for Best Convenience Store in Ireland for Hygiene and Food Safety. Cuffe’s Centra is an independent, family owned business. The store employs a dedicated, locally sourced team of 36 people which prides itself on creating a friendly, welcoming atmosphere and providing the highest quality of produce. The Black Tie event, which celebrates the highest standards of quality and excellence in Irish business, was held at The Double Tree by Hilton in Dublin and was attended by The Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation, Richard Bruton TD and was presented by Irish opera singer and TV personality Carol Anne Lowe.

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Six Mayo winners at 2014 Gala BEST Awards

Fri, Oct 24, 2014

Tuffy’s Gala in Ballina picked up an award at the Gala Best Awards.

Coyle’s Gala Express Belmullet, Murphy’s Gala Ballina, Tuffy’s Gala Ballina, Durkan’s Gala Louisburgh and McGloin’s Gala Foxford were all rewarded the Gold Standard Award for excellence in retail standards at the 2014 Gala Annual Conference and BEST Awards, which took place this month at the Heritage Hotel, Killenard in Laois.

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Mayo companies recognised as shining lights of the Irish SME sector

Fri, Oct 10, 2014

Mayo-based companies Eachtraí Uisce Teo and Portwest were two of a number of companies acknowledged for their contribution to enterprise and innovation across the island of Ireland. They were awarded Business Ambassador status by InterTradeIreland at a special event held in the Mansion House in Dublin. The event was hosted by the Minister for Jobs, Enterprise, and Innovation, Richard Bruton.

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De Búrca’s Traditional Butcher Shop makes the cut

Fri, Oct 10, 2014

De Búrca’s Traditional Butcher Shop on Main Street, Castlebar, has been announced as one of the regional finalists in the Bank of Ireland Start-up of the Year Awards 2014 in the category of Food and Drink Entrepreneurial Start-up.

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Reduced hospitality VAT rate creates Mayo jobs

Fri, Oct 10, 2014

According to a report published by the Restaurant Association of Ireland, 605 new jobs in the food, tourism, and hospitality sectors have been created in Mayo since the reduced VAT rate of nine per cent was introduced in July 2011. To highlight the scale of job creation, the report compares the number of direct new jobs to a major local employer, revealing that the 605 extra jobs created in Mayo is more than four times the number of people also employed in Mayo at Knock International Airport.

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What are Local Enterprise Offices?

Fri, Oct 03, 2014

Local Enterprise Office is the new name for the county and city enterprise boards, a new national resource, staffed with professional people with business training, to assist budding entrepreneurs and existing businesses in every county in Ireland. LEOs offer an enhanced enterprise support model with emphasis on delivery at local level. The primary objectives of the LEO are (1) To facilitate access to enterprise services, (2) To promote and support enterprise at local level, in particular for micro-enterprises.

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